Sunday Snippet: “Does that look like control to you?”

It’s been a rough week but thankfully my favourite part of it is here: Weekend Writing Warriors! I’m very excited to share the next 8-10 sentences from Midnight Sky, the second Dark Sky novel which is releasing in just 10 days! I can’t wait! Last week Claire was watching her crew battle overly aggressive pirates while her stubborn (and admittedly arrogant) captain refused to let her enter the brawl. Skipping ahead to this week’s *slightly edited* scene, Sawyer has jumped back into the fray and Claire is just about to lose her mind. Thankfully, there’s a new addition to the crew who’s just as keen to look out for her as Sawyer is…

“We should stay out of this, Claire,” he cautioned, bright blue eyes watching me with concern. “Sawyer has it under control.”

I shrugged his hand off and scowled. “Does that look like control to you?”

Riley winced, then glanced at the brawl, then sighed heavily, resigned. “Stay back.”

He stalked forward without another word, and I fought the temptation to follow him. Despite having trained me in basic self-defense over the last few months, Riley had the same problem Sawyer did when it came to accepting my help in fights–they said no because they didn’t want me to get hurt.

Sawyer was too stubborn to ask for help, though I always wondered why he didn’t have Riley come with him in hostile situations like this. Sawyer was a good fighter, but Riley…

Riley what? Riley what?! You’ll find out next week!

There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices…

The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…

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I’ll be prepping promos for Crimson Sky and giveaways for Midnight Sky as the reviews start coming in (oh God I hope the general response is good, I hedged my bets with the ending and want to hear the responses to it!), but there are still plenty of review and blog tour opportunities for anyone interested, and many of you know I’ll be happy to reciprocate!

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Now, onto other stuff. I’m going to be a little editing machine next week. I have to look over the final edits for Engineered Deceit, my Dark Sky short story that will be told from Sawyer’s POV and released in Ghosts, Gears, and Grimoires from Mocha Memoirs Press, and will also be put in The Shadow Omnibus, another Mocha Memoirs Press publication that will feature all of my stories published by them in a single collection. I’m super excited about this and am hoping to hear back about the details soon. I’ve wanted Call From The Grave and Hotel Hell in a collection for a while now, and this saves me time if nothing else!

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I’m also going to be working on the edits for the next three chapters of my urban fantasy series that will start after Dark Sky is done next year, as well as complete the first, ugly draft of another new urban fantasy/post-apocalyptic series I’ve been slogging through. It’s way too long methinks, and I’m going to dread putting it on the chopping block. But all for the sake of the story, right?

Be sure to swing by the other Weekend Writing Warriors websites and give some love to the other writers out there! They’ve earned it!

Cheers!

Amy

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37 Comments

  1. elyzabethmvaley

    But Riley…?! Can’t wait until next week! Maybe they won’t have any other option but to accept that she fight?

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I dunno, maybe he knows what he’s doing. 😉

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  2. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Oh, I bet Riley is even better. But, I’m sure with her help, there would be no problems at all. She needs to show them. 😉 Great excerpt!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      You could be right on both accounts. 😉

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  3. Aurora Springer

    Yes, I’d guess Riley has special skills in combat.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Good guess! 😉

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  4. Christina Ochs

    I’m going to guess that Riley is some sort of fighting-god, like so many of your characters. Love his reaction to Sawyer’s “progress.”

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      I do love writing combat. 🙂

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  5. veronicascott

    I have a feeling Riley is going to be awesome. Nice snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      He’s pretty badass, I’ll say that much. 😉

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  6. Evelyn Jules

    Oh, what a cliffhanger! lol. Great job, Amy! Best of luck on your almost-release! 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much Evelyn! I’m getting really excited.

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  7. Alexis Duran

    Hmmm, who is this Riley of the bright blue eyes? Can’t wait to find out more about him.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      He came in near the end of the first book, Crimson Sky, but he has some really important roles to play in this sequel and the final novel in February. Thanks for Reply

  • Frank Fisher

    Riley what?! That’s exactly what I was thinking! Great way to leave things hanging! Congrats on the upcoming release too!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Hahaha then my mission is complete! Thank you so much for the well wishes! 😀

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      1. Frank Fisher

        Your mission complete, indeed!

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        1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

          Score! 😉

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  • Botanist

    Hmm, I reckon she needs a bit more than basic self-defense to hold her ground in a brawl like that. Unless she can handle herself properly she might be more of a liability than anything.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      You’re totally right, hence why Riley is stepping up. Claire gets a but more training later, but right now she’s kind of on the sidelines wringing her hands. 😉

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  • Michelle @ FaerieFits

    Gosh darn cliff hangers! You’re such a tease 😉

    I love the concept behind your books — good luck with your reviews and tours! 🙂 *heads over to Xpresso Book Tours*

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Oh you have no idea, no idea of the awful cliffhangers I’m capable of. *evil laugh* But I appreciate the comment, and the blog touring! Thank you so much! 😀

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  • Karen de Lange (@karen_delange)

    Yes, Riley what? Definitely need to know what happens next… Great snippet!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  • Caitlin Stern

    Control is relative? Kind of… not really. But I agree she might need more fight training. People fight mean in brawls.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Haha relative, yeah, let’s go with that. And actually, *spoiler alert* she does get a bit more training in a couple more chapters. Right now we’re still in the opening, but Claire’s definitely a born scrapper with a creative streak. 😉

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  • Ed Hoornaert

    But Riley, indeed. He’s a complex and conflicted character.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      He is. I really loved writing his scenes, especially near the end. 😉

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  • Teresa Cypher

    So looking forward to the release! I just have to finish Christina’s Desolate Empire series so I can move forward in my Kindle queu. 🙂

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Thank you so much! And aren’t her books great?! Seriously, I love them!

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  • elainecsc2013

    Riley … what? Can’t wait to find out.

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Tune in next week!

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  • Joyce Scarbrough

    Oh, you little tease! Can’t wait to find out what special skills Riley has. 😉

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      Next week! 😉

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  • elizabethalsobrooks

    Wow, a lot more going on with him than meets the eye!

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    1. amybraunauthor (Post author)

      You have no idea how true that is. 😉

      Reply
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